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Scientific NameBagrus bajad  (Forsskål, 1775)
Common Name(s)Black Nile Catfish
Type LocalityNile R., Egypt.
Synonym(s)Bagrus bayad, Bagrus bayad macropterus, Porcus bajad, Porcus bayad, Porcus docmac bayad, Silurus bajad
PronunciationBAG russ - BAH yard
EtymologyThe generic name comes from the Mozarabic bagre, taken from the Greek pagros, meaning a fish (Dentex sp.).  The specific epithet comes from the Arabic name of the fish (bayad).
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Size 720mm or 28.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationDistinguished in having dorsal fin rays produced into short filaments, predorsal distance 2.4-2.6 times in standard length and head width 1.7-2.2 times in head length.
SexingMales have an elongate genital papilla in front of the anal fin.
General RemarksOccurs in water less than 12 m deep. Preys on small fish, particularly Alestes spp., also feeds on insects, crustaceans, mollusks, vegetable matter.
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DistributionAfrica: Nile River, Lake Chad, Niger and Sénégal River, Lakes Mobutu (Lake Albert) and Turkana. Reported from Sanaga River basin.
African Waters, Chad (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nile (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Nigeria Waters, Niger (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Western Rift Valley Lakes, Albert (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Eastern Rift Valley Lakes, Turkana (click on these areas to find other species found there)
African Waters, Cameroon waters, Sanaga (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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IUCN Red List StatusLeast Concern
pH6.4 - 8.0
Temperature21.0-27.0°C or 69.8-80.6°F (Show others within this range)
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FeedingReadily feeds on live/frozen foods and other prepared foods such as pellets. Will eat smaller fishes.
FurnitureProvide plenty of driftwood as hiding places.
CompatibilityAlthough young fish can be kept with other fish of equal or larger sizes, adult fish are aggressive and should be kept alone.€
BreedingNot reported.
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ReferencesDescr. Animalium - pp66, xiii
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2004 Nov 28 00:00 (species record created: 2003 Aug 30 00:00)